Next-gen Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro could get aluminum upgrade


Turn your iPad Pro into a laptop (for $50 less than the usual price).
Magic Keyboard for 2024 iPad Pro could look a lot more premium.
Photo: Ian Fuchs/Cult of Mac

Apple’s Magic Keyboard for the revamped 2024 iPad Pros could feature an aluminum top case. This could make the accessory more like a laptop.

Like Macs, the aluminum area around the keyboard will give the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro a premium look and feel. It also should make the case a lot sturdier when holding the tablet.

New Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro getting more premium look and feel

The current-gen Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro can easily bend or tear at the edges. This is primarily because the area around the keyboard is made of a relatively flimsy material. In the latest Power On newsletter, Mark Gurman says the company wants to fix this problem for good with the next version.

The upcoming accessory will retain the same outer shell as the current version and will continue to have only one USB-C port. It will apparently also feature an even larger trackpad. The size of the trackpad has been a common complaint among existing Magic Keyboard users. So, it appears Apple is making key improvements to the next-gen model after listening to user feedback.

Big iPad Pro upgrade coming in 2024

As previously detailed, Apple plans a big iPad Pro revamp for 2024. This redesign will include the switch to OLED panels and a 0.1-inch bigger display on the larger model. The new iPads also reportedly will transition to an M3 chip fabricated using a 3nm process for better performance and efficiency.

Gurman speculates that since aluminum is relatively light, the new accessory should not be heavier than the existing model. The upgrades might trigger a price increase, though. But with a starting price of $299, the current-gen Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is already very expensive.

Rumors indicate the 2024 iPad Pro could debut in March or April 2024, with the new Magic Keyboard debuting alongside it.


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